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Scots left without electricity on Christmas Day as storms batter the country

A Scottish Hydro spokesman said: “Engineers have been nike air working to repair the faults since 6am and we expect to have everything repaired by early afternoon, some affected areas are in very remote locations like Yell but we are working to get staff to sort them as well.”

Around 400 staff were working to reconnect the remaining properties and hoped to have power restored by last night.

Meanwhile, gales of up to 109mph caused travel chaos for Scots heading home for Christmas and the wind and rain look set to return on Friday.

Gusts of up to 80mph are expected to hit some parts, with up to 40mm of rainfall.

Two weather warnings, one for wind and one for rain, have been issued covering parts of Orkney

and Shetland, the Highlands and Islands, Grampian, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside, Fife, south west Scotland and Lothian and Borders.

Near 70mph gusts are forecast in the east, 60mph in the north and 50mph in the Central Belt.

Yesterday, forecasters warned of more flooding and issued warnings for the Central Belt, south and southern Highlands for 10 20mm of rain widely and more than 40mm in parts.

Heavy rain is also forecast for Scotland’s east, west and north.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Widespread gales are expected with gusts of over 60mph over coastal areas and high ground.

“Spells of rain affecting the UK late Thursday and Friday are expected to be heavy at times.

“It is not expected to be generally as severe as recent storms, although rain falling on saturated ground brings the risk of further flooding and the highest snow risk is over Scotland.”

Councils were again on standby yesterday to open village and church halls for stranded travellers.

Traffic Scotland also advised motorists to take care on the roads.

A spokesman said: “Widespread gales are expected to develop late during Thursday night or Friday night bringing gusts of o nike air ver 50 or 60 mph inland and gusts to 70 or 80 mph to some coastal areas and high ground. The public should be aware of potential for disr nike air uption, especially where the

high winds are combined with heavy rainfall.”

On Christmas Eve, the country was battered by high winds with gusts of up to 109mph over the hilltops in Wester Ross.

Gusts of 82mph were recorded in Peterhead on Tuesday, with 77mph gusts in Inverbervie and 75mph gusts on South Uist. In Aberdeenshire, an elderly woman died following a two vehicle crash on the A90 a mile south of Fraserburgh.

The road was closed for several hours.

Police said it was too early to determine if weather was a factor in the incident.

Further north, part of the roof of Thurso High School was ripped off by the high winds on Tuesday.

A police spokeswoman said: “A large piece of the felt roof had blown off and become caught in a tree on Ormlie Road, Thurso. Two vehicles have sustai nike air ned damage.”

In Elgin on Christmas Eve, three families had to be evacuated from their homes after part of a building on Linkwood Road collapsed.

A police spokeswoman said: “A substantial section of the building had fallen onto the road and the collapse is thought to be due to the strong winds experienced in the area.